HOW DO WE GO ABOUT TRAINING OUR DOG BEYOND THE CONFINED AREA?
From using the
crate consistently or the passive paper training AREA you will need to
gradually increase the roaming territory that you let your dog loose in
to test and see if he will go to the potty place on his own.
For example, if you are using an ex-pen or gated small room, I
encourage you to expand your dog's territory to the nearest room,
then after he has mastered that area, continue to expand the
territory until he has free roam of the ENTIRE house.
During this phase of the training, I tend to keep the leash and
collar on my dogs.
This makes for easier KEEPING control if they start to make a
It is also better all around to guide them using the leash and
collar instead of carrying them to the proper potty place.
REMEMBER, That way they are using their own four feet to walk the
right way to the right place.
Also, using the leash and collar it is good to guide your doggie
through lots of practice runs going back and forth to the potty
place and speaking to them the phrase you have chosen to encourage
the proper behavior.
For example.....As I am guiding my puppy from one corner of the
room to the potty place and saying, "Remember, potty on the pad".
During this phase I do a lot of practice runs with them, to
remind them of the correct behavior, using my happy voice and
giving them lots of happy touches.
My observation of professional trainers of all kinds of animals,
this is exactly how they do it.
Practicing over and over, giving praise for each positive action.
REPETITION WORKS BEST!
will not know to go from one room to another in the beginning on
his own, he has to be taught.
if you don't expect too much too soon, then you won't be
I have discovered during this venture that a lot of
people are under the assumption that dogs just instinctively immediately know what to do, right away without being
I have often wondered why people think
that way, because it can only lead to discouragement and possibly
even anger towards their dog.
Keeping the right frame of mind when it comes to training your dog
will make all the difference in his attitude towards training
Look at your dog as their brain being a blank page
and your are going to fill it up with knowledge on what you want
him to do.
You are creating
a habit for your dog and just like people, it takes repetition
many times before the habit is secure.
Little by little
increase the area where you allow your dog to be without
restriction as he becomes more faithful to use the proper potty
Finally, your dog
will become used to going potty on the paper or pad every time without
fail and without any help from you.
Because you have
taken all the proper precautions and taken all the right steps to
get him to the place where he knows habitually where to go potty
**A note importance here.....if at any time during the training
your dog seems to regress in his going potty in the
proper place it
most likely is because you rushed to the next step a little
It is amazing to me how dogs can be so different. I have had
friends that have had their dogs be completely litter box trained
in just a few days and other dogs take two months or more.
like people, dogs have a personality and level of restraint and
self-will or stubbornness some might want to say.
IT IS TIME TO TRANSFER TO THE LITTER BOX YOU ARE GOING TO USE
You deserve a huge
pat on the back for getting your dog to this point.
Before We Move on To The Final Step....Let's go over....
** Teaching An Older Dog A New Trick!
As I have mentioned before, this
same technique can work for any dog, even older dogs.
You use the exact same methods and
steps, you just might have to be more PATIENT and diligent, for a longer
period of time if it involves breaking previously learned habits.
Just like us humans, habits
sometimes are hard to break, but they CAN be broken!
You must reinforce the desired
Again, you the trainer have the
ball in your court. It will happen, you might just have to work a little
harder at it.
That is why it is MOST important to make sure the training goes well.
YOU try to create a situation where your dog NEVER goes potty where he
To do this YOU must keep the dog
in the crate or confined area when you are not available or cannot be in
I strongly encourage my older dog owners to do the passive paper training
technique preferably, it can be quite traumatic for your older dog to be
put in a crate and not get extremely upset.
One good thing about the older dog, they do not have to go potty as often
as the puppy.
Their bladders are mature and they are able to control where and when they
If your older dog has been used to
going outside, it will be some work for you to retrain him to go on paper
inside, but it is possible.
For the dog who has been used to
pottying in the grass, you might want to bring some dirt and grass
inside and place it on the paper where you want him to go.
That has actually worked very well for some of my other customers.
I even had one customer that purchased a piece of sod to put on the paper
to get his dog started going inside.
Another suggestion is to confine him to an area where he has access to
only the paper to go potty while you are out.
(Referring again to the passive paper training method.)
that has worked well for other owner of an older dog, but is kind of
hassle, is to find the spot where your dog goes regularly outside and
start there by putting some paper underneath where he goes to catch some
remnants of his droppings.
This then would be used to provide
a scent on the paper or pad inside to encourage your dog to go potty on
It can be done, just like I said before, it only takes work and
patience on your part.
It all depends on how serious you are about your dog being litter box
I have spoken to many who that had no choice because they were forced to
move somewhere where there was no yard or grass for their dog to relieve
himself outside and had to find a way to keep it inside or have to let
their beloved pet go altogether.
There is no reason to have to live without your pet in any living
environment with this kind of training available.
I have also made many new friends who have had the desire to have a dog
but because of living in an apartment or condo they did not think they
could and when they found out about my training they have been ecstatic to
be able to experience having a dog.
You may go on to the next step,
ONLY when your puppy or dog is completely paper or pad trained. And that
should be on a piece of paper or pad the same size as the litter box you
are going to use for your dog.
Some Extra Notes on
Re-Housetraining Your Older Dog
Many adult dogs have been already housetrained to
go outside or if they were gotten from a shelter they might have
been kept in a place where they went potty right there in their
This may cause a little problem in proper
housetraining, but it is not impossible.
You will need some time to adapt to your new
dog's habits and signals and routines when it comes to setting a
You will need to start fresh from
the very beginning as if this dog has never been housetrained.
The re-training process should go
quickly. It will go better if you try to make sure you prevent
accidents from happening.
Supervise, Supervise, Supervise
Just like you do with a puppy, make sure you do not
allow your older dog an opportunity to go potty anywhere but in the
If he goes, praise, praise, praise!
Make a very big deal out of it!!!
As with the younger puppies, when you are not able
to watch your older dog, he must be in the crate or confined area when
you are not able to watch him like a hawk!
Now, that your dog or
puppy is completely paper or pad trained. You can now move on to the
next and final step of litter box training.
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